Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap in final practice with a speed of 97.098 mph. Busch also reportedly had the second quickest 10-lap average.
Sprint Cup regular Joey Logano wins the Keystone Light Pole Award for the Kroger 250 with a lap of 19.504 seconds, 97.088 mph.
Aric Almirola had an extremely active practice on Saturday morning. He nudged Jeff Gordon and door-slammed David Ragan in the first 10 minutes of the session.
Jimmie Johnson posted the second-quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice session and had the second-fastest lap. His average speed was 96.084 mph from laps 34 through 43; his fastest lap was 96.988.
Jeff Gordon posted the quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice session. His top speed was 96.261 mph from laps 41 through 50. That speed was faster than all but 17 drivers’ fastest laps.
Denny Hamlin posted the fastest single lap in the Saturday morning practice session. His top speed was 97.113 mph.
A sixth-place qualification effort on Friday could be the signal of a reversal of fortune for Tony Stewart. Last fall he finished fourth on this track after qualifying fourth.
Danica Patrick scored her second-best Martinsville start in Friday’s qualification session. She will roll off the grid 16th for Sunday’s STP 500.
Justin Allgaier completed all 1,000 laps of competition last year; he finished 23rd in the spring and was 17th in the fall.
Joey Logano posted a lap of 98.461 mph and grabbed the pole for the STP 500. It is the 10th pole of his career and his first at Martinsville.
Cole Custer leads the lone NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice session at Martinsville Speedway.
Casey Mears broke a transmission in the second round of qualification and will roll off the grid 24th. He will need to change his drive train, however, and that will drop him to the back of the pack.
Justin Allgaier advanced to the second round of qualification, but he wanted a little more. He crashed in that session and will qualify 21st.
A faulty seal and not a blown engine caused Austin Dillon’s Chevrolet to smoke in the final moments of NASCAR’s first practice session, according to a tweet by Bob Pockrass. He will not need to change engines.
Chase Elliott struggled a little in the first and only practice session before STP 500 qualification. His top speed of 96.337 mph was only 29th best. He must qualify in the top 36 to make the show since the No. 25 does not have any owner points.